Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 03, 2010 09:15 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Services in New Brunswick to Help Women Escape Domestic Violence

BOUCTOUCHE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - May 3, 2010) - Centre de prévention de la violence familiale de Kent can now provide housing and recovery services for up to one year to victims of domestic violence in the Sainte-Anne-de-Kent area, thanks to support from the governments of Canada and New Brunswick. Senator Rose-May Poirier highlighted the funding today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

"Our government is helping women who need support to escape violent situations. We are proud to support community efforts that help find local solutions for those who are at risk of homelessness," said Senator Poirier. "Through this investment, the Centre de prévention de la violence familiale de Kent will be able to provide transitional housing and support services for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence and are at risk of homelessness."

The Centre de prévention de la violence familiale de Kent received total federal funding of almost $153,000 through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, and just over $162,000 through the federal/provincial Shelter Enhancement Program. The funding was used for renovations to the second floor of an existing facility, to build three longer-term housing units, named Oasis House. Renovations also included the creation of office space for counseling, the installation of a camera security system and other building upgrades to meet fire safety regulations.

"The Province of New Brunswick is pleased to provide support to this project," said Premier Shawn Graham. "Supporting shelters such as Oasis House is part of our province's poverty reduction plan. It is our goal to make it possible for every New Brunswicker to meet their basic needs and live with dignity, in security and good health. Women who are fleeing a violent home need a nurturing atmosphere free of abuse for themselves and their children. Oasis House can provide that environment for them."

"The Centre de Kent pour la prévention de la violence is very grateful for the financial support from the federal and New Brunswick governments," said Ms. Angèle Losier, Director of the Centre. "We are very happy to be able to offer shelter at Oasis House for women who have been victims of violence. This new service complements existing services in Kent."

In September 2008, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $1.9 billion over five years for housing and homelessness programs for low-income Canadians. This commitment gives the Government of Canada the flexibility to work with the provinces and territories and municipalities, and with charitable organizations, to develop ways to improve the effectiveness of federal spending in the area of housing and homelessness.

Canada's Economic Action Plan is building on these investments by making an additional one-time investment of more than $2 billion over two years in new and existing social housing, and by making available up to $2 billion in loans to Canadian municipalities over two years for housing-related infrastructure improvements. The Government's investments are creating jobs, stimulating local economies and improving the quality of life for many Canadians. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

The availability of safe and stable housing and related supports is an important element in helping individuals who are at risk of homelessness achieve a better quality of life. The Homelessness Partnering Strategy works to prevent and reduce homelessness across Canada through support to community-based efforts and partnerships between the federal government and the provinces and territories.

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

The Shelter Enhancement Program offers financial assistance to help with the repair, rehabilitation and improvement of existing shelters, and to assist in the acquisition or construction of new shelters and second-stage housing for victims of family violence. In New Brunswick, the federal renovation programs, including the Shelter Enhancement Program, are administered and delivered by the Province.

To find out more about how the Government of Canada and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation are working to build stronger homes and communities for all Canadians, call 1-800-668-2642 or visit www.cmhc.ca/housingactionplan/.

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BACKGROUNDER

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years, and was extended in 2008 for a further two years until March 31, 2011. 

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society. This model seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and not-for-profit sectors. 

By working with all our partners, we will maximize results to make a lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. The Homelessness Partnering Strategy provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy uses a housing-first approach, recognizing that the first step is to provide individuals with transitional and supportive housing.

The HPS has seven funding streams:

Regionally Delivered:

  • Designated Communities
  • Outreach Communities
  • Aboriginal Communities

Nationally Delivered:

  • Federal Horizontal Pilot Projects
  • Homelessness Knowledge Development
  • Homeless Individuals and Families Information System 
  • Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative

For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and the seven funding streams, please visit the following Web site: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
    Andrea Scott
    Communications
    604-737-4064
    or
    New Brunswick Department of Social Development
    Tracey Burkhardt
    Communications
    506-444-2416